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Commission Receives Complaints Against TikToker

The commission has filed a complaint with the Online Safety Commission and with the Cybercrime unit, calling for an investigation.
03 Feb 2022 11:35
Commission Receives Complaints Against TikToker
Divya Chetty with husband Iqbal Mohammed in Suva on February 2, 2022. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

The Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Commission is in receipt of a  number of complaints against Mohammed Iqbal.

Iqbal is a TikTok user who has been allegedly bullying and harassing women and children the social media app.

Iqbal is alleged  to have used vulgar language, made misogynistic and discriminatory statements against women and children.

The commission has filed a complaint with the Online Safety Commission and with the Cybercrime unit, calling for an investigation.

The Director of the Fiji Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Commissioner, Ashwin Raj said: “The Online Safety Act is a robust piece of legislation. It is incumbent on statutory bodies empowered to enforce the legislation to not make the public run around.

“There needs to be a greater co-ordination between various institutions such as the Online Safety Commission, the Fiji Police Force and the Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Commission to assist the public rather than making them run around.

“Victims of cyber bullying and  digital harm should not be simply turned away because of their failure to provide evidence particularly if they do not have resources or the technical know how to access the platforms and procure the necessary information.

“One of the victims is a 72 year old who does not even own a smart phone.

“It is imperative that these institutions empowered under the legislation conduct their own independent investigations and independently verify the information and afford remedy to the aggrieved.”

Mr Raj said the commission had received too many complaints that aggrieved members of the public who he said had been turned away due to the public’s inability to furnish the authorities with digital evidence.

“This is where relevant statutory bodies need to do the necessary rather turn them away. We are funded by taxpayers and we owe it to them,” he said.

 



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